Barnard Castle march on at the top of the Darlington Building Society NYSD ECB Premier League and recorded their third win in a row, demolishing Darlington in the process.

They were asked to bat first, although they lost early wickets as Liam Coates claimed 4-75.

However, youngster Finn Usher made 31 and then Richard Borrowdale scored a brilliant 94-ball 111 which included 14 fours and three sixes and Giles Creedon then added 34 in an excellent total of 267-7.

Josh Bousfield gave a match-winning performance with the ball, claiming a brilliant 5-39, and reduce the visitors to 16-7 at one stage.

James Wainman bowled out the tail, returning 5-15, despite 33 not out from Alex Metcalfe, in a final total of just 62.

Richmondshire were also in winning mode, as they beat Great Ayton by eight wickets at home.

Ayton were asked to bat first and although Samuel Moylan (54) and Phil Holdsworth (39), put up some resistance, skipper Gary Pratt returned 5-28 and Steven Reeves 3-23, to bowl them out for 132.

In reply, the Dalesmen soon scored the required runs, as openers Robert Carr (41) and Gary Pratt (47no), batted well, as they reached 133-2 from 25.4 overs, to claim the victory.

In the Dukes ECB North East Premier League, Sacriston played at Burnmoor and the visitors were in all kinds of trouble, as Samiullah Khan (4-33) took early wickets. Solomon Bell resisted for 34 runs, as did Ross Williams with 37, then with Melvyn Betts firing 49 not out, they got up to 166-9.

In reply, the home side were 90-4 as Callum Appleby claimed 3-33 early on, but Ryan Pringle with 62 not out and Allan Worthy with 32, ensured the win and moved their club into a lofty second place in the league.

Hetton Lyons travelled to Burnopfield and took first knock with opening batsman Karl Turner scoring 60, from 106 balls including seven fours. Chris Martin and Chris Winn both added 33, in a final total of 171 all out. On the bowling front, Adam Ahmed returned 4-33 and Neil Killeen 3-30.

In reply, Matthew Oswell made 36 and John Oswell 46, as the home side made 172-8.

However, they had to rely on a 44-run partnership between Stephen Humble (30no) and Daniel Hutton (25), for the eighth wicket to see them over the line by two wickets, as Winn returned 3-44.

Chester-le-Street went to Benwell Hill, and the hosts were asked to bat first.

Opener James Schofield made 44 runs and William Smith contributed with 34, skipper Kyle Coetzer with 40 and Luke Doneathy with 39, in a total of 219-7, as Liam Burgess returned 4-55 with the ball.

The Cestrians’ Jacob McCann was in fine form, as he scored 73 from 111 balls and Andrew Smith made 66 from 62 balls and then Liam Simpson ended up on 60 not out, from 68 balls, to see their side home by three wickets on 222-7.

In the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Lanchester welcomed Consett and opener Dan Nicotra scored a useful 68 from 50 balls, which included 11 fours and three sixes.

However, Stuart Graham with a devastating 5-46 changed the match and Callan McCabe cleaned up the tail, taking 4-48 and the home side ended up on 192 all out.

Consett made a reasonable start, with Aron McCabe scoring 36, but Callum Barnes with 4-31 and Kieron Taylor 3-45 turned the game around and they were all out for 136.

Annfield Plain were at Ryton and the home side made 154 all out, as opener Syed Ali made 30 and Ben Perry 35, with Nathan Laidler returning 4-21. The visitors lost early wickets, but Rea Mokgoro made 40 and David Maughan 44 not out, to steady the ship and claim the victory on 155-6.

In the Readers Durham Cricket League, Marsden racked up 224-6 as they welcomed Horden.

Chris Mann with 36, Ryan Little with 46 and Nisal Francisco with 43 were the main scorers, with Adam Dixon claiming an excellent 5-53. Horden could only muster 101, with Scott Birks making 35, as Adam Sneller, Chris Mann and Shahid Kahn each claimed three wickets.

Tudhoe were at home to Whiteleas and the visitors scored 179-9, thanks to Zeeshan Ashraf making 70 and Raja with 31 not out, while Daniel Brown bowled well returning 4-51.

Opener Matthew Travis then scored 34 in reply, but they then lost a few wickets and claimed the draw on 143-6, with Chris Nichol claiming 3-24.

Easington amassed 221-8 against Ushaw Moor, thanks to Jason Moses (69) and Omar Shahid (54), while Stephen Hancock and Aaron Proud each claimed three wickets with the ball.

Ushaw in reply, made a total of 151 all out, thanks to Kavindu Kulasekara taking 4-25, while Josh Clifford top scored with 56 runs to his name.